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11 November 2008

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Great tour!

Next time you get back to Jersey, see if you can make time to visit Sandy Hook (NE tip) to check out Fort Hancock. My dad took us there to see the Nike sites, but what I liked was Battery Richardson-huge crumbling shore defense fortifications.

That's seriously sweet. I wonder what made the military abandon this one in place rather than strip and decommission it. Or was it actually reconstructed. Either way, I look at all that purpose-engineered and built hardware, and its advanced nature for its day, and am impressed.

The various disarmament treaties allowed each side to keep a certain number of designated sites decommissioned but intact as museums. The Marin site is one of them, and has been carefully maintained by volunteers who've been replacing any missing non-classified equipment rescued from other sites, people's personal collections, etc. A volunteer I spoke to said the internet has made it much easier to track down stuff than it was 10-15 years ago, when it was all rumour and word of mouth as to who had what.

@idiot, there's a great "Weird NJ" video about the New Jersey Nike facilities here.

I checked out the treasure guide, and as it turns out, I've already seen a Radar and Missile master site!

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=fort+lawton+WA&ie=UTF8&ll=47.658107,-122.41212&spn=0.002323,0.005981&t=h&z=18&g=fort+lawton+WA

That's at Fort Lawton in Seattle, which is largely abandoned now.

Thanks for the post!

For those with an interest in Cold War readiness, check out this link:
http://www.civildefensemuseum.com/

Lots of interesting stuff incl. a photo tour of a decommissioned Nike site in Texas.

I followed the video link (thanks!) and found a related WeirdNJ link to the Atlantus, the famous concrete ship beached off the coast of Cape May. As a kid, I sat on the beach and stared at that wreck, thinking it was the strangest story I'd ever heard.

There was one on Mount SUTRO??? Damn.

I visited SF-88 with the Boy Scouts, it was great! We spent the night in one of the many underground bunkers that was part of the "Iron Triangle" awesome memory. If I remember correctly, the hydraulic doors and lift were working when I visited.
I would like to extend a special thanks to all involved in restoring/maintaining and educating the public about these cold war treasures.

Reminds me of the Walton family bunker!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcCfkKziWa8#t=1m8s

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